I Keep this Light as a Guide

I Keep This Light as a Guide



Brilliant measure; the stars in her eyes

A guide to defining the darkness

the balance of two where a heart must

Study the moon in the night skies.


With the sun come song birds from nowhere

With darkness comes the calm before the song

The stars repent harshness just so long,

At dawn the sun relieves us of care.


As the horizon meets the tree lines

All creation becomes ablaze

Even the tunnels of sunken caves

and the rough terrain of miner’s mines.


Deep like a perpetual fire

Heartening the person I should be

by my side are angels roaming free

Chatting with my demons to conspire


There I am impartial and content

Despite my tendencies to leap

The abyss has calmed itself to sleep

And Heaven has given its consent


Night and day rush at each other

in a clash of pigmented prisms

in that small window comes wisdom

where the tests of life are discovered


Light cannot enter a dark room

without illuminating it,

it must be grand, causing surfeit

consuming all myriad glooms


“When you put a match to a candle

In doing so you cast a shadow.”

In the sun your shadow follows,

At night that candle lights the mantle


Such a torch without flame is nil,

how we add fire when there is darkness

when light calls, do you harken?

Are you deemed worthy of the bill?


“No matter how fast light travels,

it finds that darkness got there first,“

Waiting for light’s imposing burst

waiting for light to fiercely unravel


And though light pacifies things unclean

It cannot thereby be defiled.

For if the light will be reviled,

then darkness will rule over its sheen.


Even the moon hides its darkest pores

Can you shine as brilliant in the shade?

Will you be the one unafraid?

To shine the light on these darkened shores


Because even God has a dark side

else the Devil would not be a thought

to balance the cosmos, he allots

the Devil certain places to hide.


I keep this small light as a guide

An understanding of its place

How its being is something embraced,

How dignified it is when applied.

Paul Neglia
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Paul Neglia

Proud father of 3. Part time writer of poetry and short stories. I want to paint the world in but a few words.

4 thoughts on “I Keep this Light as a Guide

  • January 11, 2017 at 6:27 PM

    Nicely penned and expressed Paul of the defining of life through light and darkness, our fate on so many levels. Some beautiful phrasing and imagery and very much enjoyed. Cheers!

    • January 14, 2017 at 8:51 AM

      Glad you appreciated this Tony, much thanks~Paul

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